Work during the school year with these flexible jobs
For stay-at-home moms and stay-at-home dads, there are a lot of boxes to check when it comes to finding a part-time job. It’s even harder to find jobs that you can do while the kids are at school.
Does your job hunt wish list look like this?
- Skip the commute
- No long-term commitments
- Make extra money
- Gain work experience
- Do something rewarding
The good news is that it's possible to find a role that matches your family’s schedule and your own needs. You can even find one that’s personally rewarding.
With more parents seeking flexible work, we put together this helpful list to kickstart the job hunt. Here are the 4 best part-time jobs for stay-at-home moms and stay-at-home dads.
1. Work for your local school district
You know the playground like the back of your hand. You can navigate drop-off/pick-up like a pro. You enjoy a bustling workplace. Why not work for your school district? Many schools have openings for part-time classroom aides, office managers, coaches, and cafeteria assistants, not to mention substitute teachers and bus drivers.
Bonus: You get school holidays off.
2. Work as a virtual assistant
Are you a wizard when it comes to planning and organization? Working a virtual assistant is a good option for anyone with office, project management or administration experience. It's also a 100% virtual option. You might support businesses or individuals–or a combination of both. Start your search by looking for opportunities at job sites such as FlexJobs and Upwork.
Bonus: You can work from anywhere.
3. Work in fitness
Do you excel at sports? Love working out? Find a great part-time role in the fitness industry. You don’t need to be an athlete, but it does help if you have a passion for fitness. Options include teaching classes, welcome desk support, maintenance, activities coordinator, and office support.
Bonus: You often get perks like free classes and gym memberships.
4. Work as a companion caregiver
You love people. You want to give back. You need flexibility. It’s time to explore working as a part-time caregiver and companion. You'll provide non-medical help, so you don’t need health care experience to start working.
As a companion caregiver for Papa, a Papa Pal, you’ll use the experience and wisdom you’ve gained as a parent to helping older adults and families around the house and in the community.
No two days are the same. For a Papa Pal, the day might include light gardening and meal prep, going on a walk around the neighborhood, or giving a drive to an appointment. You can also put your tech know-how to good use by teaching someone to use technology so they can stay connected with friends and family. But most importantly, you'll provide companionship and conversation.
Bonus: Caregiving is flexible, rewarding and fulfilling work. You'll set your own hours and can schedule short shifts while the kids are at school.
Whether you’re looking for a regular gig or just a few hours a month, be sure to seek out employment options that you'll find rewarding, both personally and financially.
This list of the best part-time jobs for stay-at-home moms and stay-at-home dads is just the beginning. More and more organizations are offering flexible scheduling and seasonal work, opening up new opportunities for parents.